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Feature Book - Maywitch by Ria Fritz

March 2017 Monthly Feature Book.
Maywitch by Ria Fritz.
Includes interview and review.

Synopsis
When suspicious incidents begin rattling North America, it doesn't take long for the authorities to realize that something supernatural is happening. To solve the problem, though, they'll have to ask for help from Maywitch - the organization of mages tasked with keeping their peers in check. Kay Adamis, a young witch struggling through college, isn't too mad when Maywitch drafts her. She's a decent firecaster who's better at magic than studying, and since her parents aren't around, she needs some help paying her bills. But nobody warned her that the casualties were quietly mounting after months of magical unrest and resulting cover-ups.

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I took the time to ask Ria several questions about her book Maywitch and herself.
Thank you Ria for taking the time to answer them.

What inspired you to write your book?
Maywitch came about organically thanks to years of reading fantasy novels and playing video games, but some of the plot is heavily influenced by my current job. (I can’t tell you what that job is, because it’s just specialized enough that curious readers could start to piece together my real name and workplace!) The conflict between Kay and Nadia, two of the main characters, is inspired by some real-life drama that occurred at my current job. The field I work in is a lot like the world of mages in Maywitch: we’re spread out geographically, but a lot of us know each other, and sometimes our lives intersect in not-so-comfortable ways.

Tell us about your main character and the role they play in your story?
At her core, Kay is an overwhelmed part-time college student trying to play catch-up after years of ignoring the magical world. Much of the story’s conflict is influenced or directly caused by her inadequate skills and lack of trust with her new companions. Her mistrust quietly starts to fade, though, and by the story’s climax, she has developed new faith in herself and her teammates.

How did you come up with the names of your characters?
I basically keep a short list of first names that I like, and I match them to characters based on personality, age, and other factors. Holly was named something else at first, but I changed it to Holly because I felt like it suited her personality better. I specifically picked Tierra’s name because it means ‘earth,’ and it seemed like a name her family would give her - or that she would pick for herself - because of her powers. (I’d love to expand on that, but I can’t, because spoilers!)
I get to meet a wide range of people from all sorts of backgrounds at my day job, and because of that, I sometimes borrow names from them. Nadia’s last name, Abendroth, is an example of this.

How did you come up with the title to your book?
The title came to me when I was poking around Steam looking for some new games to play. I don't even remember what game caused this, but I was reading a description and misread something as 'Maywitch.' Then I went "oh, that sounds kinda cool!" before realizing I had misread it. Then the gears of Ria's imagination started turning, and the rest is history!

Are there people in your life who influence you with your writing?
Not intentionally - most of my real-life friends and family aren’t writers. I’ve been working hard to get more plugged into the author community, but balancing my day job with all of my other interests has been difficult, to say the least.

How often do you write? Do you set aside time to write or write when you can?
My current job has highly irregular and unpredictable hours, so setting aside time to write usually isn’t an option. Sometimes I’ll have an hour or two to write in the middle of the day, but get stuck at work until late evening, throwing off my plans to write at home. Other times I’ll be working fourteen hours straight. Other times I’ll theoretically have a weekend off, but end up just squeezing some writing in between phone calls and errands. I try to write every day, though, and manage to cobble together maybe eight hours of writing per week on average.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?
I always use an outline, but usually have to rework a large portion of it by the time I get to writing that part. With Maywitch, I had a roughly 46-chapter outline, realized that Chapters 32 through 38 or so were a waste of momentum, and ended up scrapping those chapters around the time Chapters 24 and 25 were published. Luckily, I realized the problem early enough that re-outlining and writing the remaining chapters was fairly easy, and I didn’t have to go back and make major revisions later. I honestly don’t know how authors write an entire story without an outline - I could maybe do three or four chapters, but I couldn’t come up with the whole thing on the fly!

How long have you been writing and what motivated you to start writing?
I dabbled in writing in high school, but was usually too shy to show my writing to anyone. I think most of my desire to write comes from being an introvert. I have to have some kind of outlet for expressing myself, and usually, interacting directly with other people isn’t the best outlet for me!

Do you have a favourite author or book and tell us why?
Aw, do I have to pick just one? I like any speculative fiction that actually takes the time to delve into characters’ relationships with one another without being outright bogged down by romance. In other words, there has to be more ass-kicking and drama than making out! With that said, my all-time favorites include Flowertown by S.G. Redling, Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein, and the Frontlines series by Marko Kloos.

Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years from now?
That’s an interesting question, because I’m currently finalizing big plans to move into a lower-paying but much more stable job. In five years, I see myself still plugging away at some kind of day job, but hopefully writing much more. My writing will hopefully be much better and more varied; sometimes I catch myself writing the same genres, relationships and themes as I develop new stories, and I have to stop and ask myself “Wait, am I basically just rewriting the last story, or am I doing something new here?”

Tell us about your other works or what you are working on now?
Currently I’m working on Cannon Code, a sci-fi web serial that’s exclusive to my Patreon supporters. I’m also drafting the final book in the Quicksand series, Shattering the Skies. The first two books have been generally well-received, so I hope the really intense direction I’m going in with Shattering the Skies doesn’t throw people off!

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Maywitch is a real adventure story full of fighting spirit and the desire one young woman has to fit into a world she’s been avoiding. A well written story, Ria has captured the life of Kay, a young woman, with a magical ability over firecasting. This long tale follows Kay’s life, the people she meets and the challenges life brings her after joining Maywitch. There’s a great collection of villains to be fought and a slow brewing love story mixed into it. It’s a great read and I do recommend it.

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Thanks for featuring me, Michelle! It was great to chat with you! I'm looking forward to everyone's feedback on Maywitch. I was going back through it recently to fix some formatting and had a few "oh, I can't believe I didn't catch that weird syntax/word choice!" moments. I'm definitely gonna do a round of revisions after all the chapters are up, so y'all should let me know what you think! :)

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